Winter Camp 2022 - indoor "camping"!

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Feb 04

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Winter weather likely, but we will aim to offer a range of walks.

Indoor Camping

Our annual Winter Camp is OutdoorLads' birthday event in February each year, and in 2022 we will be taking advantage of an exciting new venue which has become available to us in Braithwaite, in the northern part of the Lake District.

We will be taking over the Braithwaite Institute for the weekend, which comprises a camping field and the adjoining building. It has stunning views all around - Skiddaw in one direction and Causey Pike in the other.

While this is very much a camping event, the building houses the shower facilities etc and, for any of you who do not like the idea of camping outside, there are a limited number of spaces available to sleep indoors which you can book on this page you're on now. You will still need everything else as if you were camping outside, just no tent, and you'll be sharing floor space in one of the side rooms in the village hall. 

The main camping page for the more traditional (hardier!) campers is here:…

Braithwaite is a fantastic base for the fells - Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Blencathra are all close by, while the Coledale Horseshoe starts from the village. Should the weather be bad there are also numerous low level walks in the stunning Newlands Valley, up Catbells and around Derwent Water, or within the woods of Whinlatter. Such a range of options means we can go where the best conditions are, and should be able to offer a range of activities whatever the weather. 

If the weather is REALLY bad the shops, pubs and cafe's of Keswick can provide something to do.

For the bikers, we are five minutes from Whinlatter which has some of the best trails in the area, and if you fancy a day out running in this hiills, then this is for you:

As with most of our camping events, no catering is provided. While you are welcome to cook for yourselves on site, there is a pub nearby and we have a group booking for the Saturday night - see below.

Dogs: Dogs can come on this event, but will not be able to enter the building and will need to be cleaned up after.

Campervans: Allowed at no additional cost. If the ground is soft, may need to be positioned on the hard standing area.

Photos: By Peter Walter and from walks that we could be doing on this event, and used with permission, except inside of hall, with permission of Braithwaite Institute. 


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